The departures of the long-standing Bradley Wright-Phillips and Luis Robles, as well as the retirement of Connor Lade at the end of the 2019 season signalled a new era for New York Red Bulls. In November, Denis Hamlett stated that the scouting department was already searching the market and the club is aiming to strengthen the depth across the pitch. To keep you up-date, Red Bull Hub will provide a weekly round-up of all New York Red Bulls rumours, arrivals and departures.
Name: David Jensen | Age: 27 | Club: Utrecht | Nationality: Denmark | Position: goalkeeper | Fee: N/A | Contract: MLS
New York Red Bulls announced their first signing of the window this week in the form of Danish goalkeeper, David Jensen, from Utrecht pending on the approval of his P-1 visa. The 27-year-old opted to move to America after becoming second choice to Jeroen Zoet and has signed a MLS contract. Since moving to Utrecht from Nordsjælland in 2016, he made 112 appearances for the club and kept 33 clean sheets.
“David brings a wealth of professional experience to our club. When scouting David, we were impressed with him on and off the field, we know he is a solid goalkeeper and we think he’ll be great in our locker room too. We’ve got a strong group of goalkeepers to work together and push each other every day in training.”Dennis Hamlett speaking for the club website.
Name: Mandela Egbo | Age: 22 | Club: Darmstadt 98 | Nationality: England | Position: right-back | Fee: N/A | Contract: MLS
A second signing in as many days, New York Red Bulls announced the arrival of London-born right-back, Mandela Egbo, from 2. Bundesliga club Darmstadt 98 on a MLS contract, pending the receipt of his ITC and P-1 visa. Once part of England Under-17’s European Championship triumph in 2013, Egbo moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2017 and featured heavily for the second team before moving to Darmstadt this summer. The 22-year-old will occupy an international spot in the squad.
“I was able to watch Mandela play in person on my recent trip to Germany, and saw firsthand his quality and how he will fit into our philosophy. In meeting him and getting to know him, it’s clear that he is a bright, driven young man that will fit well within our culture and our locker room.”Chris Armas speaking for the club website.
Name: Kemar Lawrence | Age: 27 | Club: Anderlecht | Nationality: Jamaica | Position: left-back | Fee: $1.25 million (reported) | Contract: 2-and-a-half years
Two months after requesting to be traded by the club, Kemar Lawrence has left New York Red Bulls to be reunited with former full-back partner, Michael Murillo, at Anderlecht, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract. A transfer fee is undisclosed, however, the Athletic reported on Thursday that a $1.25 million fee had been agreed, of which $750,000 will be converted into general allocation money. On the other hand, Pro Soccer USA suggests the fee is $1.5 million.
Name: Leonardo Da Silva Lopes | Age: 21 | Club: Hull City | Nationality: Portugal | Position: central midfield | Offer: £1.75 ($2.2) & £2 ($2.6) million | Interested clubs: N/A | Source: Hull Daily Mail, Daily Mail
New York Red Bulls are continuing to pursue Portuguese central midfielder, Leonardo Da Silva Lopes, despite Hull City’s firm stance that he is not for sale. Having had a bid rejected at the start of January, the English club was once again quick to reject a second bid of £1.75 million ($2.2) million this week. Despite the resistance, it appears the Red Bulls are not giving up as a third bid of £2 ($2.6) million has been submitted.